I’m using Drivel, a gnome2 livejournal logger. It’s pretty cool and is just one more thing that I don’t have to boot into Windows for.


This is a political callout to all those that read my Livejournal. I urge you to write to your Senators and Representatives in Congress about the coming war with Iraq.

Here is a link to find out who represents you.

and if you don’t care to write out a letter yourself, here is one I did for all you cut and paste folks:

Dear ,

I believe that the coming war against Iraq is largely planned to keep our attention from the absolute disaster of the American economy.

There are lots of good reasons to change regimes in Iraq. Couldn’t you say the same thing of at least 40 other countries around the world? I fail to see this “evidence” that President Bush keeps mentioning. The other issue for me and why I strongly urge you to not vote for war, is national sovereignty. I don’t like the current regime in Iraq nor do I like what it has done to its own peoples, however, I believe that we must take the high road in this situation. I believe that continued inspections and continued talks with the current regime urging positive changes in that country’s policies are the best course of action.

I really would have to reconsider my vote for a representative who has sided with President Bush in this trumped-up war. I very much hope that you will not vote to go to war with Iraq. Going to war serves no logical purchase at this time and only serves to distract from the real issues at hand here in the United States, the economy. Vote no on going to war with Iraq.

Very best wishes from your district,

The dentist visit went a lot better than I thought it would. I do have a bunch of work to get done but our insurance will be covering most of it. I had x-rays, consult, scaling and cleaning. I was there for 2 hours. The scaling which I wasn’t looking forward to went completely pain-free and now I have purtty teeth. I do have a bunch of cavitys and I need a crown on one of the teeth but aside from that I came away pretty good. thanks fishee for the well-wishes.

Todays big highlight event is the dreaded Dental visit. I’m ashamed to say that I avoid the dentist at all costs, going only when I know I have a problem with my teeth or gums. One of the commitments to myself I made this year was that I would start going on a regular basis. Well, now that I have insurance for these sorts of things I am keeping this commitment. It really is the perfect time, considering that I have oodles of time during the day. I’m sure that after todays exam, we will have several cleaning (painful) sessions and then the cavity fillings. I know I have at least 3 cavitys. In the end at least I’ll have pretty teeth and a healthy set of gums.

Yesterday I made Nana’s butterscotch oatmeal cookies. I have almost 3 dozen of them, yummy! Mike was really happy and suprised as these are his favorite.

I thought I had mentioned that Dad had to go home early (Mobile, AL) because of Isidore. He didn’t have any damage to his home or anything but NaNa really needed him there. I completely understand, although I was a little bummed.

It’s actually raining here, not the sissy wimpy rainy Seattle usually gets, really manly rain. I love it, time to curl up on the couch and cuddle with Mike .. damn he’s at work.

A few things to bitch about first and then gratitude to be able to bitch. I pulled some muscles in my neck a few weeks back and they are still sore. It is almost comical the way it happened. I was showering and washing my face when I guess I was washing way way too vigorously, and there was this sudden sharp pain. I thought for a moment that I had snapped my neck. I’ve always had problems (since adulthood) with my back muscles. according to her, back problems represent support issues. Who knows. Anyway, my neck has been really stiff now for the past couple of weeks. Maybe I just need new pillows. I guess the only other thing I was going to bitch about is work, or the lack thereof. It’s funny how your self-esteem is so tied up in what you “do” and how much you “make”. I’m technically not unemployed as I have a bunch of things that I do. The problem seems to be that I don’t have those 2000.00 paychecks every 2 weeks anymore. I’ve exhausted my UI benes and so now we live meagerly, though wealthy in Love and all of the more important areas of what Life is really about. I am drawing comfort from my shared employment status with the rest of the country and particularly with Washingtonians, as we seem to have the highest unemployment rate right now, for my type of work.

coffee break—

Ok now that the sweet sweet caffeine is coursing through my brain on to the more positives. There ARE more opportunities for work then there were this time last year. I have a much clearer idea of what I don’t want to be doing and what I can and will do. Mike and I are managing a lot better than most of our friends seem to be (with 2 incomes). I’m happier in general than I have ever been. The past 9 months have been a time of Blessings in spite of the appearances. I have had a chance to put my spiritual beliefs to the test, a chance to live on the growing edge of my beliefs. Work will come in its own time and there is a whole lot of “newness” unfolding everyday. I’ve been able to visit with my Dad for which I’m very grateful, and this time was even more fun than the first visit. I’ve come to appreciate where I live even more. Seattle is really the best place that I could be for right now.

My Dad is in town now til the first week of October. It been nice having him here. After my mom died and my step-mom and he got divorced we were seperated by time and circumstance. I found him a little over 2 years ago last February, it had been 26 years since we saw each other. I was 11/12 the last time. It’s amazing how well we get along and how much of him I see in myself. It’s been a really healing journey the past couple of years, filling in the hole that my Mom’s death caused and the subsequent removal of all my biological relatives. I took him down to the Market and have been sharing my passion for all things Seattle, the food, the people the weather. He lives in Alabama these days so it’s really cool to see how excited he gets about some of the stuff up here. He’s really just a 63 year old hippy.

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